Colyer taps Tracey Mann to be Kansas lieutenant governor

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has picked Tracey Mann to serve as the state's next lieutenant governor. (Jeff Colyer)

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has picked Tracey Mann to serve as the state's next lieutenant governor.

The new Republican governor announced his appointment of the 41-year-old Mann during a Kansas Livestock Association dinner in Topeka. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Statehouse.

"Tracey has been a leader on economic development and rural issues in Kansas for years and I am excited to bring those skills to our team," Colyer said in a tweet. "Tracey truly knows what it means to listen, serve and lead."

Mann is a commercial real estate broker and farmer from Salina. He said in a statement he's "extremely grateful for the opportunity."

Colyer was the state's longest-serving lieutenant governor but became governor Jan. 31 when former GOP Gov. Sam Brownback stepped down to take an ambassador's post.

Mann will be on the gubernatorial ticket when Colyer seeks a full, four-year term this year.

Both Colyer and Mann will appear on KCTV5 on Wednesday.

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